Hurricane Harvey is on track to become the most expensive natural disaster in U.S. history, with damage totals easily eclipsing that of 2005’s Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.
In its aftermath, Americans have banded together to help those affected by this monstrous storm in a myriad of ways. Not only have we seen harrowing rescues performed by volunteers fire departments, civilian rescue groups, and ordinary citizens, but a great many celebrities and sports figures have pitched in countless dollars in order to aid recovery efforts.
Comedian Kevin Hart was one of the first to come to the rescue, issuing a challenge to his celebrity friend to beat or match his own donation to the cleanup efforts, something that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson immediately responded to.
Superstar Sandra Bullock knocked it out of the park with an enormous donation meant to help American families affected by Hurricane Harvey recover as quickly as possible.
Now, Arthur Blank, the owner of the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United, as well as the cofounder of the Home Depot, is stepping up to the plate with a donation push of his own, offering to match any and all fundraising done by his teams’ fans up to one million dollars.
“The donations will be matched by Blank through The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation and will go toward helping those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
“'(Blank) has called on fans and supporters of both clubs to join the relief effort for those affected by the unprecedented flooding and devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey,’ Blank’s donation page reads. ‘Through The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, Blank will match fan contributions up to $1 million when relief effort donations are made through this page.'”
Blank is a local hero in the Atlanta area, having earned himself the amicable nickname of “Uncle Arthur” due to his overwhelmingly positive attitude and charitable outlook in the southern city.
Given his penchant for uniting the Peach State’s capital, it would come as no surprise if this $1 million goal was reached within a matter of days, or perhaps hours, as news of his pledge continues to spread around the state.